I have an NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT.
I'm currently using
nvidia-331 since the
Nouveau open drivers were giving me some trouble.
But I have several other drivers to select, see:
What are the differences between them and which one should I select?
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The versions are as follows:
nvidia-331: the current release
nvidia-173: an old legacy binary driver, supporting (much) older cards
nvidia-304: a more recent legacy binary driver, supporting older cards
nvidia-331-updates: the update channel for the current release (but it's the same as the version in
nvidia-304-updates: the update channel for
Update channels contain new versions available for testing; once a version has been tested it is made available in the normal channel.
nouveau isn't working for you, then
nvidia-331 is the appropriate version, since it supports your card. You'd only use one of the legacy versions with an older card, or if the current driver is causing problems (as pointed out by Mark). You could use the update channel if you want to try the very latest (untested) versions, but there isn't anything new there currently.
Since the other drivers are legacy drivers or a nouveau driver you should choose the first one. Can you translate me what stands in the 1. and 4. brackets?